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What's your favorite science fiction novel?


Over the weekend, I re-read The Stainless Steel Rat, by Harry Harrison.


 
I first read this back in the mid 1970s, when I was a mere slip of a lad, but even after 35 years, I still remembered how much I liked the main character, James Boliver ("Slippery Jim") diGriz.

Even so, I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy reading it again, after all, you know how sometimes we remember things as being much better than they really were  the first time - I'm looking at you, Young Sherlock Holmes, but I found this as just funny and entertaining as it was the first time around. 

I have the next two Stainless Steel Rat books in my tbr (again) pile, as well as the nook version of the first installment of my other favorite Harrison series, Deathworld.  
 


How about you?

What's your favorite science fiction novel?


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blood_of_winter
May. 16th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
hmmm, hard question because there are so many good ones but top three:

Dune
Hyperion and the Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

come to mind immediately as the most memorable scifi books I've read that I've liked.
jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
You know, I never really got into the Dune books. I tried several times, but, like Tolkien's The Silmarilion, I just couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Probably because I'm not that bright :)
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snapes_angel
May. 16th, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
Which one? I spent quite a bit of time scaring up a copy of Gender Genocide to re-read. Other than that, I have more than one favorite, including quite a few by Isaac Asimov, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Spider Robinson, Piers Anthony...
jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
There are so many to choose from :)
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lyonesse
May. 16th, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)
i've always loved the "stainless steel rat" :)

my all-time favorite sf book is probably still samuel r delany's "stars in my pocket like grains of sand".
jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
That's a great title :)
knittingknots
May. 16th, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
Hard question, since I grew up reading SF out of the ears. Maybe Ender's Game by Orson Scot Card.
jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
Did you know there are plans afoot to make a movie of that: http://endersgamemovie.blogspot.com/
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jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
I met Elizabeth Bear at a GSHW meeting a couple of years back. Nice lady :)
lg8776
May. 16th, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
That's a tough question. I've read so many and the answer would vary from day to day. So I'll just list a few favorites.

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
World War Z : An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
(do zombies count as science fiction?)
jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
Lol, zombies count as anything you want :)
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jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
Simple = good :)
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jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
Lol :)
msstacy13
May. 16th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...
the only one I can think of is Starship Troopers,
unless The Invisible Man counts...
jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
It sure does :)
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asakiyume
May. 16th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
I haven't read much science fiction recently, but back in the day I liked a lot of Isaac Asimov--I really liked The Gods Themselves, and I liked the original Foundation trilogy (I didn't read the later books--same with Dune, upthread.)
jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
I haven't read much science fiction recently

Me neither, at least not much new stuff.
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jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
I remember that one :)
bogwitch64
May. 16th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuinn. Hands down.
jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
I haven't read that one, though I think Senior Management might have a copy.
peadarog
May. 16th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
I read all of his books growing up -- except for "Make Room, Make Room", which I somehow missed until recently. A real hero.
jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
One of my older brothers used to buy a lot of books and I got to read them after :)
wendigomountain
May. 16th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
It's got to be "Valis" by Philip K. Dick. A close second would be "Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said."
jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
He wrote a lot of great stuff and died quite young. He was in his early fifties, I think.
mary_j_59
May. 16th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Favorite SF?
A three way tie for me:
1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
2. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
3. A Canticle For Liebowitz by Walter Miller

Coming in close after these is the rather obscure, but often lovely, Forgotten Door by Alexander Key. And I also still admire Ray Bradbury.
jongibbs
May. 16th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Favorite SF?
Another Le Guin fan :)
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